The History Trust is very pleased to be supporting a host of projects in 2017 through the annual Community Museum Program (CMP) grant fund. The funding is only for museums involved in the History Trust’s standards and accreditation program.
Grant applications came from museums throughout the state for a great variety of activities including major interpretive projects, audio visual, conservation, storage and oral history projects, and assessment and training projects. This year museums could also apply for Roving Curator grants where extra hands-on assistance is provided by the History Trust’s Community History Officers for specific projects. The Latvian Museum has received funding for planning, collections management and display development assistance as the museum work towards a re-opening in 2018 and the Prospect Hill Museum has received funding for assistance to move items from display to storage and re-interpret the kitchen room at the museum. Both projects provide excellent opportunities for skills development.
The Melrose Districts History Society has also received funding to work with the History Trust and Artlab conservators to move objects from display in the museum’s courtroom to open storage in the archives building. This is a great project for revising collections management and care skills and for training new volunteers.
The Mary MacKillop Centre at Kensington received the largest grant this year; $15,000 towards the multi-media displays that are being included in the redevelopment of the Centre. Several other museums will be undertaking smaller-scale interpretation projects including Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum, the Port Lincoln and the Milang Railway museums, Moonta Mines Museum and Kimba & Gawler Ranges Historical Society.
In addition to grants to individual museums, funds have been allocated for two disaster salvage training sessions to be held in Adelaide during 2017 and to provide assistance for volunteers to attend skills development opportunities. More about these initiatives coming in 2017.
Successful applications in the 2016-17 round can be downloaded as a PDF here.